Friday, October 27, 2017
Food for Financial Thoughts | Review of Money Problems, Marriage Solutions
About the Book
It's not just about the money...
Arguments about money are by far the top predictor of divorce, says Sonya Britt, a professor at Kansas State University. “It's not children, sex, in-laws, or anything else. It's money—for both men and women."
Satan seeks every means possible to destroy marriages, and creating conflict around finances is one of his favorite tactics. But there is more to money problems than not sticking to the budget. Chuck and Ann Bentley reveal the underlying issues of financial and relational discord—and show how it robs couples of joy, intimacy, and marital satisfaction.
Money Problems, Marriage Solutions presents seven keys to peace in marriage and helps couples unite and conquer to resolve financial issues together. Through real-life stories, a solid foundation from Scripture, and practical steps for application, this book gives a plan for getting back on the same team. Here is a clear and lasting way forward for couples struggling with money problems.
I think Money Problems, Marriage Solutions is what it claims to be. The book includes stories, a chapter of application steps, and a big-picture look at the heart of the issue behind financial struggles.
It's an easy read, not too long or in-depth. I appreciate how the seven keys all come together to help you see what needs to change in your thinking, relationship, and attitude before you should focus too much on the practical side.
I confess there are some things that frustrate me a bit. It would have been nice to have more depth in terms of Scripture study and providing context. And perhaps because the main author of the book is the husband—and a CEO—there are some things I don't overly relate to in his stories and approach to life.
One example, in particular, bothered me. I don't think it was the author's intention, but to me it came across like he was quick and eager to accept a gift for himself but much more reluctant to accept a gift someone wanted to give his wife. Perhaps I paid way too much attention to how the juxtaposed stories were written, but it didn't sit well with me.
Granted, we all struggle with selfishness, and the author does try to make it very clear that he had a long growing process before he and his wife arrived on the same page about finances. That honesty is admirable.
Overall, I think this book provides some good food for financial thoughts. It's pretty straightforward and almost like an extended Crown Financial Ministries pamphlet, as the author often directs you to their resources. But it includes some helpful reminders and tips, and it gives you a good starting point for further thought and work.
*With thanks to Moody Publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book.*